Ah, fall in the White Mountains. The brilliant changing of the leaves brings people from all over the world to our region. One of the best ways to view the foliage is by taking a scenic drive along some of the back roads and byways of the White Mountains. But, if you’re looking for a unique way to leaf peep, check out these 6 unique ways to immerse yourself in the foliage this season.
Ride To the Top of a Mountain
Drive yourself or take a guided tour to the summit of Mount Washington on the historic Mount Washington Auto Road. Built in 1861, it is America’s oldest man-made attraction. Take your time as you head up the mountain to stop at the many overlooks along the way.
Loon Mountain Resort Gondola
Soak in the mountain views and fall foliage as you ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola to the top of Loon’s 2,733 foot summit. Experience 360 ° views from the observation tower and explore the prehistoric glacial caves.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
This 80-passenger cable car brings you to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain on a 7-minute scenic ride. On a clear day, you can see the mountains from four states and even into Canada, along with the stunning reds, oranges, and yellows that surround you. At the summit, walk the Rim Trail and grab a quick snack or beer at the Café 4,080’.
Wildcat Mountain Gondola
Beautiful, panoramic views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range along with stunning foliage await you at the summit of the 4,062’ summit of Wildcat. Ski Magazine named the view from the top “The Best Scenery in the East”, and fall is the perfect time to check it out.
Ride the scenic chairlift to the Summit Meister Hut and enjoy a bite to eat or a beer tasting while experiencing the foliage views of Mount Washington Valley, the Moats, and the Presidential Range. Walk around the summit on one of several trails before taking the chairlift down the mountain.
Experience the scenic wonder of foliage in the Mount Washington Valley and through Crawford Notch. The Conway Scenic offers a variety of excursions for you to enjoy a ride on the rails including the Johnny Appleseed Express which allows guests a chance to get dropped off and pick apples at a local orchard. The Pumpkin Express rolls through the weekends of October 18-20 and 25-27. Guests can pick their own pumpkins and there are a variety of games and activities for families to participate in.
The Hobo Railroad enjoys a new look for fall with the addition of the Hobo Farm Stand which is filled with pumpkins for purchase. The Hobo Farm Yard turns into a family playground with games like pumpkin bowling, ring toss, horse shoes, bean bag toss, sack races and corn hole. Guests aboard the train will be treated to a variety of NH-made and seasonal themed samples and the popular “Cornstalk Critters” will once again be on display with the theme “Superhero’s.”
Help celebrate the Cog’s 150th birthday by taking a trip of a lifetime to the summit of Mount Washington. Gain a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking scenery and foliage while on top of the Northeast’s highest peak. At the summit, tour the Tip-Top House and check out the weather museum and grab a bite to eat at the summit building.
Soar Through the Foliage!
Feel the crisp White Mountain air on your face as you zip through a canopy of beautiful fall foliage atop Barron Mountain. Your experienced guides drive you to the base of the zip course in a Swiss army transport vehicle called a Pinzgauer, and then your treetop adventure begins.
Attitash Mountain Resort ZipTour
Soaring down the longest zip line east of the Rockies is the perfect way to view some incredible White Mountains foliage. Reach speeds of up to 65mph and heights of 250 feet as you zip down 4, 969’ in length. Geronimo!
Wildcat Mountain ZipRider
Fly above the treetops on the 4-person ZipRider while being surrounded by stunning views of Mount Washington and the iconic fall foliage of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The adventure begins with a ride up the Snowcat Triple chairlift, then descend 2,100 feet above the tree canopy and the Peabody River. View the foliage from 70 feet in the air while soaring at speeds up to 45 mph.
Located on the slopes of Bretton Woods this canopy tour brings you through multiple treetop zip lines, sky bridges, and towering platforms, where you can view the foliage, take in amazing views of Mount Washington, and get a lesson on the flora and fauna of the White Mountains.
Surround yourself with foliage views of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee…New Hampshire’s largest lake. One of the state’s longest zip canopy tours, you’ll glide over 1.6 miles from peak to peak, and peak to base. This is an exhilarating way to spend a fall day.
Fly Like An Eagle!
Vertical Ventures Aviation offers stunning fall foliage tours of the White Mountains including the Presidential Range and some of the iconic White Mountains attractions, such as the Cog Railway and Mount Washington. Soar above Franconia Notch and the Flume Gorge and witness these sites like you’ve never seen them before. A once in a lifetime joyride!
White Mountains Helicopter LLC offers year-round excitement that will bring you to new heights! With 5 different flight routes to choose from, you’ll gain a new perspective and see foliage in different areas of the White Mountains. Explore the Western White Mountains, the Connecticut River region, and Franconia Notch from a bird’s eye view. They also offer aerial photography workshops so you can snap incredible aerial shots of the White Mountains region. An experience not to miss.
Take a scenic, private Fall Foliage Tour of Squam Lake with Experience Squam. Along with the most beautiful foliage, you will often see groups of loons gathering and migratory birds stopping to rest along their journey south. Bald eagles have been spotted regularly as well as mergansers, blue heron and cormorants. Tour historic Church Island, stroll along the Chamberlin Reynolds boarded swamp walk or see sights from the movie On Golden Pond.
Experience some of New Hampshire’s most stunning foliage from the Lakes Region, with the backdrop of mountain ranges and quaint lake towns. Explore Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire, aboard this expansive cruise ship. Not only do they offer daily scenic cruises, they also offer Fall Foliage Dinner Cruises on Sundays through October.
Enjoy an informative and scenic pontoon boat ride on Squam Lake. Your knowledgeable guide will take you around Squam where you will see loons, learn about this historical and ecological aspects of crystal clear Squam Lake, and view the incredible foliage that this part of the region offers. Cozy under a blanket, grab a pair of binoculars, and soak in the scenery.
Looking for an exciting way to get outside, see foliage, and tour the back roads of the White Mountains. Don’t mind the dirt…it’s all part of the fun! DirtVentures offers tours along the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail as well as the Ride the Wilds Trail system in Northern New Hampshire. An exciting adventure
Bring out your adventurous side while touring with Northeast Snowmobile & ATV. Take a guided or self-guided tour and experience incredible views and foliage from Coos County. Access the Ride the Wilds Trail system and the trails in Jericho State Park.